The Gothic and the Rule of Law, 1764-1820,
Palgrave, New York, 2007, 240 pp.
The Gothic and the Rule of Law» is the first full-length theoretical and historical study of the relation between early Gothic fiction and an emerging modern rule of law. The work identifies not only a political and cultural, but also an ontological relation between what critics have conceptualized as ‘Gothic’ and the nature and function of modern juridical power. It represents a highly significant contribution to Gothic criticism and to law and literature scholarship.
Fictions of Origin
‘Written in the Black Letter’: The Gothic and/in the Rule of Law
Spectres of Law in The Castle of Otranto
Clara Reeve and the Problem of Romance
The Law’s Gothic Space: Sophia Lee’s The Recess
A Maternal Tale Unfolds: Radcliffean Gothic
A Supplement: Gaston de Blondeville
Before the Law: Godwin’s Caleb Williams
In Excess: St Leon and Melmoth the Wanderer
Conclusion: Frankenstein – Reproducing the Gothic